These Are the Best Fibre Mascaras for Sky-High Lashes
True story: When Marc Jacobs was younger, he'd watch his mother as she carefully shaved away at a strip of black velvet ribbon, collecting the fibres that pilled so that she could apply them to her lashes and create her own bespoke lash extensions. Cut to 2016 when beauty guru Huda Kattan shook the vlogosphere with her own lash-lengthening hack in which she glued pieces of cotton to the tips of her lashes before applying mascara. Both fascinating but not exactly practical. The good news is beauty brands have also recognised the benefits of applying fibre to lashes and created mascara formulas with tiny fibre particles built in that adhere to lashes and add major length—no cutting or gluing necessary. Ahead, our favourite offerings for doe-like flutters in just a few swipes.
Maybelline Gigi Hadid East Coast Glam Fiber Mascara ($23)
Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue, credits this fibre mascara as being "the best one I've ever tried." The trick to this dual-sided tube is to first apply a layer of black mascara, switch to the other side and sweep on the fibers, and then revert back to the mascara. Check out the customer reviews to read more raving words of approval.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes ($50)
We all know the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is a volume lover's dream, but if you'd also like to add mega length, look no further. "Flexistretch" nylon fibers effortlessly glide onto your lashes and hold on tight. Pair that with the inky black mascara, and you've got a winning combo.
Touch in Sol Paper Pusher Mascara ($29)
You might want to move quickly on this mascara—it's sold out at Nordstrom and only a few are left on Amazon. The reason being the formula is filled with lightweight paper (yes, paper) fibers that grab on tightly to lashes and bring them to dramatic heights that women are, evidently, impressed with.
Dior Diorshow Mascara ($56)
Dior's cult-loved mascara got a boost when they introduced fibres to the formula, which fit the curvature of your natural lashes and sit in between lashes rather than on top. Women who are normally annoyed by fibers flaking off say that this technology helped reduce irritation significantly.
Next up, read about the time one editor tried DIY lash extensions.